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Catching Up With Academy Award-Winning Actress Marlee Matlin: The Oscar-winning actress talks about Judaism, being deaf, parenthood, Celebrity Apprentice and winning an Oscar when she was barely out of high school. (Photo by Michael Rosenberg)

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Marlee Matlin in Good Housekeeping 125th Anniversary

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Marlee Matlin lost her hearing at the age of 18 months. She is 100% deaf in her right ear and 80% deaf in her left. Marlee Matlin is the only deaf actress to have won an Academy Award for Best Actress. She gave an extraordinary performance in the film “Children of a Lesser God.” She is a champion of rights for the deaf community and is widely known for her charitable and humanitarian work.


Marlee Matlin was 22 when she won for the 1986 film Children of a Lesser God. The film was Matlin's big-screen debut.